Manhattan Madam on Ballot for N.Y. Governor

Aug 23, 2010 1:00 PM PST
NEW YORK – Kristin Davis, the Manhattan madam who supplied call girls for Eliot Spitzer when he was attorney general and governor, has gotten herself on the November gubernatorial ballot and will challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

The New York Daily News reported that Davis secured 23,000 signatures – 15,000 more than required and she’ll be the first woman in New York history to run for office while still on probation (for one count of or promoting prostitution in the third degree).

Davis’ platform includes legalization, regulation and taxation of prostitution and marijuana to generate urgently needed new revenues for New York State and her support for gay marriage.

In an interview earlier this year Davis told XBIZ, "In terms of the adult business, I'd obviously like to see prostitution legalized. It has both a social and economic value to society and we need to legalize, tax and regulate it. As former owner of the world's largest escort agency — and also someone who spent time in jail for running this business — I know first hand that you cannot both criminalize prostitution and claim equality for women. Women who are convicted with these crimes become unemployable yet the men are never prosecuted. I'm a Libertarian and I believe that the government needs to stay out of the personal lives of citizens (and out of their sex lives)."

Some of Davis’ supporters include comic Prof. Irwin Corey and HBO’s "True Blood"s actor Denis O'Hare.

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